NO-HITS OR MISSES: Despite recent pitching performances, there are plenty of hits to celebrate in Cincinnati. Photo courtesy Justin K Aller/Getty Images

This is it: the final weekend of the regular season is in the books and everyone only has three games left to play. That number, of course, is fitting because there are still three playoff berths yet to be decided.

And don’t even get me started on these division races.

Because the postseason is so close, this last power ranking is going to be different. The seven teams that have guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs — Baltimore, New York (Yankees, obviously), Texas, Washington, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and San Francisco — are automatically get the top seven spots on this power ranking. Why? As I alluded to a couple weeks ago, the whole point of these power rankings is to sort out which teams look to have the strongest chances to win the World Series. And, the last time I checked, you can’t do that without clinching a playoff berth.

So the ‘Lucky 7’, as I’ll call them here, are decided. But the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals didn’t punch their ticket until the final evening, so who knows: maybe the ‘Lucky 7’ won’t be lucky after all.

Nevertheless, here are the FULL and FINAL Power Rankings:

MLB POWER RANKINGS – OCTOBER 1ST

1. Cincinnati Reds | 96-63 (50-31 Home, 46-32 Road) [Change From Last Ranking: + 2]
They and Texas are 1a and 1b, but a clinched division and being hotter of late make the difference.

2. Texas Rangers | 93-66 (50-31 Home, 43-35 Road) [- 1]
Only winning 4 of their last 10 is keeping the race between them and Oakland too close.

3. Washington Nationals | 96-63 (48-30 Home, 48-33 Road) [- 1]
They’re not “stumbling” per say, but they aren’t playing at the high level that they should be.

4. San Francisco Giants | 93-66 (48-33 Home, 45-33 Road) [+ 1]
The “AL Easters” might be stronger, but again, being guaranteed not to be a Wild Card is huge.

5. New York Yankees | 92-67 (48-30 Home, 44-37 Road) [- 1]
They probably expected to be in a tight race, but I doubt they guessed it’d be against Baltimore.

6. Baltimore Orioles | 92-67 (47-34 Home, 45-33 Road) [+ 2]
Everyone wants to doubt them, but these birds are — dare I say it — buck-ing the trend.

7. Atlanta Braves | 93-66 (48-33 Home, 45-33 Road) [- 1]
They’re into October, but appear to be all but guaranteed a spot in that dreaded Wild Card game.

8. Detroit Tigers | 86-73 (50-31 Home, 36-42 Road) [+ 4]
They’re heating up at the right time: at the end of the season when the White Sox are losing.

9. Oakland Athletics | 91-68 (47-31 Home, 44-37 Road) [- 2]
If you don’t think these A’s can’t be potent in October, you didn’t learn anything from the ’08 Rays.

10. St. Louis Cardinals | 86-73 (48-30 Home, 38-43 Road) [- 1]
How ironic would it be if these Cardinals get eliminated from the playoffs on the last day?

11. Los Angeles Dodgers | 84-75 (43-35 Home, 41-40 Road) [+ 2]
How much dough did they drop just to possibly be the best team not in the playoffs?

12. Los Angeles Angels | 88-71 (46-35 Home, 42-36 Road) [- 1]
They’re chances of making the playoffs are about as big as Trout’s chances of NOT being the AL MVP.

13. Chicago White Sox | 83-76 (45-36 Home, 38-40 Road) [- 3]
They have to sweep Cleveland, and that’s doable, but unfortunately that’s only half the battle.

14. Tampa Bay Rays | 88-71 (44-34 Home, 44-37 Road) [± 0]
They’ve been the runt of a supposed three-way pennant race for some time, now it’s over.

15.  Philadelphia Phillies | 80-79 (40-41 Home, 40-38 Road) [± 0]
There hot September will prove to do nothing more than hurt their draft stock.

16. Milwaukee Brewers | 81-78 (47-31 Home, 34-47 Road) [± 0]
If only they could do anything on the road, 2012 might’ve been a very different story.

17. Arizona Diamondbacks | 80-79 (40-38 Home, 40-41 Road) [+ 1]
They’re back over .500, which, in the grand scheme of things, means next to nothing.

18. Pittsburgh Pirates | 77-82 (43-35 Home, 34-47 Road) [- 1]
One of the hottest teams before the All-Star Break is ready to pull the plug on this season.

19. Seattle Mariners | 73-86 (38-40 Home, 35-46 Road) [± 0]
I can’t put my finger on it, but something about this team tells me they might be a 2013 dark horse.

20. New York Mets | 73-86 (36-45 Home, 37-41 Road) [± 0]
Giving credit where credit is due, I never thought this squad had 70 wins in them.

21. San Diego Padres | 75-84 (42-39 Home, 33-45 Road) [+ 1]
Despite a massive talent exodus, somehow San Diego managed to stay somewhat competitive.

22. Toronto Blue Jays | 70-89 (38-40 Home, 32-49 Road) [- 1]
So long as they remain in the AL East, this sort of mediocrity is never going to cut it.

23. Kansas City Royals | 71-88 (36-42 Home, 35-46 Road) [± 0]
Something about this team reminds me of the 2011 Nationals, so look out next year.

24. Cleveland Indians | 67-92 (36-42 Home, 31-50 Road) [+ 4]
Now they decide to start winning ball games? I am completely frustrated by this team.

25. Boston Red Sox | 69-90 (34-47 Home, 35-43 Road) [- 1]
The last time the Red Sox finished last in the AL East was 1992, six years before the Rays even existed.

26. Minnesota Twins | 66-93 (31-50 Home, 35-43 Road) [± 0]
Would you leave $3.25 million on the table to get away from this team? Someone did.

27. Miami Marlins | 67-92 (36-42 Home, 31-50 Road) [- 2]
Spending millions on free agents for a worse finish is the definition of franchise failure.

28. Chicago Cubs | 60-99 (37-41 Home, 23-58 Road) [- 1]
There’s at least a glimmer of hope that brighter days are ahead for this franchise.

29. Colorado Rockies | 62-97 (35-46 Home, 27-51 Road) [+ 0]
They should throw their last 3 games just so they can reach some kind of plateau this season.

30. Houston Astros | 53-106 (35-46 Home, 18-60 Road) [± 0]
History should remember this team as one of the worst ever, especially when playing outside of Texas.

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